DIY Errors to Avoid at All Costs

Handy advice to save you time and money when it comes to home maintenance.

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1. Not taking out necessary permits
Many home renovation projects – such as a loft conversion or a new carport, for instance – require building or planning permission. Your local council’s website will have information about what projects you might need permits for and how to apply for them.

2. Starting without a plan
An action plan will guarantee you have all the necessary equipment and materials for the project at hand and you know what to do at each step, limiting the likelihood of mistakes that cost you time and money.

3. Overlooking safety
DIY renovators can risk serious injury and even death if they don’t follow recommended safety procedures. Most injuries are caused by not using personal protective equipment and procedures, using the wrong tools or ignoring warning labels. Never attempt activities or repairs beyond your level of knowledge or skill.

4. Measuring only once
You don’t want to end up cutting your tiles or laminate flooring multiple times. The best way to avoid this is by measuring everything at least twice. Inaccurate cuts can give a shoddy finish, not to mention cost more as you may need to buy extra tiles, other equipment, or even hire a professional to complete the job properly.

5. Saving money on equipment or materials
While DIY is a great way to save money, it doesn’t mean you need to do everything on the cheap. For example, don’t pick the cheapest and thinnest plywood for your walls just because it costs less. You can find plenty of tools and materials for reasonable prices, yet still trust they are a quality product.

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